Discovering the Outdoor Art of New Hampshire: The Walldog Murals in Keene

A free public art "gallery" that's open 24 hours a day

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Scattered throughout the idyllic city of Keene is an outdoor art gallery. Consisting of 16 painted murals in a one-mile walking loop, each painting is 350 square feet in size and conveys a message about Keene’s history and humanity. The murals were designed by artists from across the country and Canada, and were painted by a group called the Walldogs in 2019.

Peter Poanessa, a local artist and Walldog, directed this special project with the support of the community. “The gallery is in the form of giant outdoor murals that are spread about and tucked into the nooks and crannies of downtown Keene.” Poanessa explains. “It’s a free public art gallery open 24 hours a day.”

Keene’s Mayor George Hansel said each mural shows off the talent and creativity of the Walldog designers.

“Keene has a long and storied artistic history, stemming all the way back to Barry Faulkner, the famous muralist. The Walldogs murals are a continuation of Keene surging and prominent arts scene. I invite anyone to visit Keene, enjoy our incredible downtown amenities, trails and cultural attractions.” Hansel says.

Spectators have the option of exploring the art in a self-guided tour or The Historical Society of Cheshire County sponsors regular walking mural tours throughout the year.

Discovering art can be a free and fun family experience. See how great art can inspire you and your children. For the price of a tank of gas, art lovers don’t have to drive far to experience something meaningful.

For more information and a map of murals visit walldogsinkeene.com.

Categories: NH History and Outdoor Art

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